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beatitude

[bee-at-i-tood, -tyood] /biˈæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
2.
(often initial capital letter) any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Origin of beatitude
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin beātitūdō perfect happiness, equivalent to beāti- (see beatific) + -tūdō -tude
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  • Although her eyes were so glorious, and beaming with eternity, this distant sort of beatitude was not much to my liking.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
  • Paten smiled pleasantly at this picture of beatitude, and smoked on.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • It gains in beatitude or, if no progress has been made, it seeks a refuge in the bodies of animals and people of mean appetites.

    Monumental Java J. F. Scheltema
  • The worn, seamed face lifted to his was transfigured by its look of beatitude.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • All of beauty and of beatitude we conceive and strive for, ourselves are to be sometime.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • It exudes warmth, strength, beatitude, yet there is none of the animal.

  • Such enthusiasts, excepting when enjoying the beatitude of ecstatic exaltation, are more to be pitied than feared.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
  • For they are so filled with the joy of their beatitude that sorrow finds no place in them.

  • Each of those six days was like a Sunday, and Sunday to Rickman was always a day of beatitude, being the day of dreams.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • And what beatitude means is, with many, a source of much dispute.

British Dictionary definitions for beatitude

beatitude

/bɪˈætɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
supreme blessedness or happiness
2.
an honorific title of the Eastern Christian Church, applied to those of patriarchal rank
Word Origin
C15: from Latin beātitūdō, from beātus blessed; see beatific

Beatitude

/bɪˈætɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
(New Testament) any of eight distinctive sayings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–11) in which he declares that the poor, the meek, those that mourn, the merciful, the peacemakers, the pure of heart, those that thirst for justice, and those that are persecuted will, in various ways, receive the blessings of heaven
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Word Origin and History for beatitude
n.

early 15c., "supreme happiness," from Middle French béatitude (15c.) and directly from Latin beatitudinem (nominative beatitudo) "state of blessedness," from past participle stem of beare "make happy," related to bene-. As "a declaration of blessedness" (usually plural, beatitudes, especially in reference to the Sermon on the Mount) it is attested from 1520s.

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